Sept. 3, 2008 Taylor Swifts forlorn little song about a love gone wrong, "Teardrops On My Guitar," took her into territory she never expected. It was one thing to get a Country Music Association award last year, and another to pick up a trophy from the Academy of Country Music in May, but after the songs foray into the pop charts, her nomination for Best New Artist at this Sundays MTV Video Music Awards stunned her.
"I didn't think it was possible," she told VH1. "I was so shocked. I started screaming, 'I get to go to the VMAs!' I didn't think I'd get to go to the VMAs. I'm not that cool. As a country artist, I've been pretty unapologetic about it. [But] it's cool to be included."
The song is as many as Taylors songs have been about a real-life relationship that fell apart in high school. Some of her associates felt the video, which featured actor Tyler Hilton as the male love interest, should have an older setting to it, but she ultimately insisted on shooting it at a Nashville school to retain the songs integrity.
"We came up with the idea because basically what you see in the video is what the song is about," she said. "We thought maybe we'd make it a more city video, but we got back to basics. I wanted to make a video about what the song was about."
Taylors VMA appearance comes amidst speculation that Joe Jonas, of Disneys Jonas Brothers, is her latest love interest which would also make him the potential topic of a future Taylor Swift hit. Shes shot numerous scenes for the groups upcoming movie, The Jonas Brothers: Burning Up, and made guest appearances at Jonas concerts in Anaheim and New York City.
The topic came up with VH1, but Taylors response was rather coy: "For me, in dealing with things that people write, I try not to let it affect my life. He's an amazing guy, and anyone would be lucky to be dating him."
Taylors next album, Fearless, is due Nov. 11. Meanwhile, look for her Monday as a co-host of ABCs "CMA Music Festival: Countrys Night Out" with Kellie Pickler and Julianne Hough. Among the acts slated for the two-hour special are Trace Adkins, Josh Turner, Alan Jackson and Faith Hill.